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I'm in Puerto Iguazu for a couple of days to see the waterfalls there. It seems to be pretty simple to get to Brazil. But I would also like to go to Paraguay. However, on Google Maps, I can't see any bridge over to Paraguay.

So what is the easiest and cheapest way to get to Paraguay? It is also ok, if it is just for a couple of minutes.

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Via Brazil? According to Wikivoyage there's even a bus that lets you cross between Paraguay and Argentina without passing Brazil immigration. –  Gilles Oct 12 '13 at 19:25

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It's entirely possible, cheap, and simple. Go to the main bus terminal in Puerto Iguazu. Get on a bus going to Ciudad del Este (it'll likely just say 'Paraguay'), and it travels across into Brazil to Foz Iguacu, and then across another bridge into Ciudad del Este.

You'll go through customs/border at Argentina/Brazil, and then...probably again going into Paraguay. Talk to the bus driver, at this point it gets a little sketchy, but...yeah, sometimes they just skip the border.

From my blog post on doing exactly this trip:

Let’s just say hypothetically there’s this bus, and there’s this hypothetical driver, who upon hearing that the only non-local on the bus only wants to go into the border town, can’t be bothered getting the tourist a stamp, drives on through the express customs lane for locals, and says he can just do the same on the way back after picking the tourist up again. Imagine that. Hypothetically of course. Hypothetically said tourist would hypothetically be in Paraguay without a visa and without a stamp, wandering around Ciudad del Este.

But yes, there is a bus, and it does take you via Ciudad del Este - and indeed it continues all the way to Asuncion if you really wanted to go that far. It's very easy, and all it really requires is you getting on the bus. But do make sure that you have a visa for Paraguay, and check whether you need one for Brazil as well.

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That sounds not bad, but is there a way to avoid Brazil immigration? –  RoflcoptrException Oct 14 '13 at 15:27
@RoflcoptrException well the bus didn't really seem to deal with Brazil as I guess you were in 'transit' the whole way through Brazil (as long as you didn't get off the bus). So there was no dealing with them (on my hypothetical bus, at least) ;) –  Mark Mayo Oct 14 '13 at 22:18

“Iguazu Falls” is one of most beautiful places in the world. This wonderful place is located near “Tres Fronteras” where Iguazu River enters river of Parana and national borders of Argentina, Basil and Paraguay comes together. Visitors can enjoy amazing views from Argentinian or Brazilian sides. Unfortunately form Paraguayan side falls can not be seen. Ones who were lucky and had visited both sides usually disagree which side is more impressive. Travelers trying to reach “Iguazu Falls” from Paraguay usually faces the same problem – how to get there? It is possible to get a bus ticket at some local companies and go to Foz do Iguaçu (town in Brazil) or Puerto Iguazu (town in Argentina). Travelers from Paraguay who are going to choose Argentinian side should take care not only about visa for Argentina, but about visa for Brazil as well. That can be a major problem, especially for those who have to pay for Brazilian visa. For example - for US citizen that visa will cost very close to $ 200. And if you do not have visa for enter into Brazil you will not be able to buy bus ticket to Puerto Iguazu because only way on the bus to get there is thought Brazil. This is so because of Parana River. This river is wide and strong. It makes bridge construction is extremely complicated. There is only one bridge that connects Paraguay an Eastern bank of this river. On the other side of the bridge – Brazil. So, if you don’t have visa for visiting Brazil, but have visa for Argentina, only way from Paraguay is to take a ferry across river of Parana. In this case you have to be either on foot or with a car, because ferry is way too small for a bus. More details http://www.gotoiguazu.com/ ...

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